Posing is something that really intrigues me. Body sculpting truly is a beautiful art form and posing is no different. I am no expert by any means but for a while now I have been incorporating (my own versions) of posing during my training (shorter displays) and when I am not training (longer displays).
The Art of Muscle Control
While the weight being used is important, it is greatly secondary to muscle control, muscle tension, contracting the working muscle through the movement, using and manipulating angles and planes, body positioning, and always finding ways to make the exercise harder, not easier on the muscle. Since all of these topics are very important (to me) when it comes to sculpting my body posing helps a great deal with learning how to tense not only each muscle but the working muscle. To be able to tense only certain muscles while shutting off other muscles and to be in a state where you are contracting so hard but making it look as if you are relaxed and at ease during the pose process. These are all very important and carry over to helping you develop your physique.
- “Posing is the way we display our development which was brought about by the practice of bodybuilding. It involves learning how to assume the proper positions, tense all of the muscles, and control the body to a special advantage. It basically displays how the body is developed in all areas.
Posing itself consists of two parts. The first is the pose itself, the static component where all of the muscles are flexed and you move very little. For example, in physique photography you hit the pose, you hold it, and then the photo is taken. The process takes into account the best angles and the best placement of limbs.
The second component is the movement from pose to pose. This is the process that’s involved in competition – you strike the pose, you hold it for some length of time (it might be 4 or 5 seconds), and then you move to the next pose. That movement is the kinetic part of it. I like to think of posing as kinetic sculpture – you hold the pose like a sculpture (for example, Michelangelo’s David) and then you move on. After you’ve held the pose for a specified amount of time, you move on to the next pose, and you string together a bunch of these.” Frank Zane, How to Pose like a Pro – Top Tips from Frank Zane, 3X Mr. Olympia